Millennials have it rough. The 20 to 32-year-olds are flagged as Generation Y, a pun moniker to poke fun at what is dubbed a confused, lost group suffering from over-entitlement, spoiled-child syndrome, and feedback dependency. Wonder what their most frequent job hunting mistakes are?
Well, if you recognize yourself in any of the above, you might wish to keep it all off your resume. It would only make you easy prey to brutal rejection.
It’s only common sense that arriving late for an interview, asking for early leave on your first day of work or having your mother call your employer to demand a salary raise are exactly the kind of critical mistakes that will prevent you from ever landing that dream job you’re after.
So, we’ve put together a list of the most common job-hunting mistakes to avoid if you don’t want to go back home empty-handed at the end of the day.
Mistakes Young Job-seekers Should Avoid
1. Lack of Focus
The No. 1 job-hunting mistake that employers identify in young job-seekers is a lack of direction. The drive and motivation are not necessarily absent in the person, but they’re sidetracked from the main goal and squandered away.
Young interviewees give off the impression that they’re only aware in an abstract, unfocused way of what the job entails- ‘something about marketing’ or ‘a job with economic growth possibilities’ and that the only thing pushing them into employment is the payroll.
Really, when faced with the question ‘Why did you apply for this job?’, you might want to come with a better answer than ‘I needed the money to keep my steady supply of Starbucks flat whites’.
2. A Patched CV
Don’t forget. “The resume focuses on you and the past.” If the CV is the mirror of your soul- the part that seeks employment, then don’t let it come out all shabby, error-laden and diffuse.
These are some of the points you need to work on:
- Your layout should stand out clear, tidy and well-organized
- Use keywords from the job description as hooks to catch the employer’s attention
- Carefully proofread the resume for grammar and punctuation before submitting it. Errors, as blatant as they come, might escape your first read. Ask your friends to throw an objective look over it.
- Unless this move would leave your CV totally blank, try and not mention menial jobs like ‘one-month MacDonald’s internship’ or camp counselor.
3. A Generic Cover Letter
“The cover letter focuses on the employer and your future.” The emphasis should be on how you, as a future employee, can contribute to the employer. Your cover letters should be short, vivid, carrying either a little bit of wisdom or an undercurrent of your usual sense of humor. Most important, cover letters should be personalized on the job in focus.
4. Negative Online Presence
There’s a blurry line between standing out from the social media crowds and having your interviewer open your Facebook page to a profile image of you being visually vocal in a bikini while testing the market for happy hour cocktails. Keep the wild memories among friends.
5. Online Postings
There are many entries to employment, but that doesn’t mean you have to queue up to one door. Online postings are the most popular way to land a job, but the competition here will also be fierce. Universities pump out thousands of graduates each year, so be sure you stay ahead by walking on the less beaten path.
Job hunting sites are not everything. The old networking method might prove to be more efficient. Place focus on developing contacts with prospective employers through people you know, rather than through advertisements.
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